Josh Babb is the Director of Government Affairs, for the Health Industry Distributors Association (HIDA) where he specializes in federal affairs and helps design legislative and communications strategy for a wide range of healthcare issues which affect member distributors and their hospital providers. He meets with key federal agencies and Capitol Hill staff on healthcare issues important to its members and the distribution industry. He is also in charge of the HIDA PAC, the political action committee for the healthcare distribution industry – where he strategically directs its’ financial resources to best support candidates and members of Congress who are champions of the supply chain and healthcare distribution. He previously worked on Capitol Hill, serving as a Legislative Assistant for Representative Renee Ellmers (R-NC), a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and with Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), the Senate Minority Whip. On Capitol Hill, he handled a wide range of issues for the Congresswoman including Healthcare, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Labor, Immigration, Transportation/FAA, Education, and Homeland Security issues. His legislative focus was mixed with a focus on communications strategy and message development – because in a Congressional office, messaging is everything, and crises are common. Prior to his work in Washington, he worked extensively in the healthcare field, spending time as an educator on the ever-changing healthcare industry and consulting small to medium sized business owners on how to best meet the needs of their employees concerning healthcare.
While in Texas, he worked on and managed several political campaigns, including races for Governor, a U.S. Congressional seat, Dallas County Judge, and the U.S. Senate. He has also worked internationally with an investment firm in London, England, and domestically for a State Senator in Boston, Massachusetts. Originally from Texas, Josh and his wife Alison now live in Arlington, Virginia – with their 4 year old daughter Abby and 2 year old son Charlie. He is an avid college football fan, wood worker, and entrepreneur. He and his wife love to travel, having visited more than 75 cities across 4 continents in nearly 10 years of marriage. Regardless of location, he is in continual pursuit of the perfect breakfast taco, and considers himself a true breakfast taco connoisseur. He received his education from Texas A&M University, earning a B.B.A. in Management from the Mays Business School while also studying Advanced International Affairs at the graduate level from the George H. W. Bush School of Public Service. He is also a graduate of George Washington University's Graduate School of Political Management (GSPM), earning an MA in Political Management. Education: • Bachelors in Business Management Mays Business School at Texas A&M University • Masters Studies in Advanced International Affairs The Bush School at Texas A&M University • Masters in Political Management The George Washington University Website: www.linkedin.com/in/joshbabb/